László Beke: Art during changes

…Two such turning points in Hungarian history readily present themselves as appropriate. One is 1956, the year of the Hungarian revolution, the other is 1990, the year of the first democratic elections in more than four decades. We chose the watershed year of 1956 as the dividing line, simply because it marked changes in artistic trends that began around that time, while the system change of 1990 produced only the fruition of a more free artistic expression that germinated in 1953 after Stalin’s death, took roots in the 1970s, and began to grow in 1984...